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Distinguishing between factual and opinion statements in the news

The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better; Republicans and Democrats both influenced by political appeal of statements By Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried, Michael Barthel And Nami Sumida, for Pew Research Center In today’s fast-paced and complex information environment, news consumers must make rapid-fire judgments about how to internalize news-related statements – statements that often come in snippets and through pathways that provide little context. A new Pew

Disinformation Resilience in Central and Eastern Europe

By Ukrainian Prism Download the publication The countries of Eastern and Central Europe have become Russia’s test field for new propaganda methods, and the regions of Eastern Partnership, the Baltic States and Visegrad countries are a special target for information warfare. Ukrainian Prism in partnership with leading think tanks of the region evaluated the situation  in fourteen countries and presented the Disinformation Resilience Index  to come up with bet common solutions

Robotrolling 2018/2

By NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence New Robotrolling report by NATO StratCom COE shows a surge in anonymous Twitter posts about NATO activity in the Baltics and Poland. Additionally, bot activity in Russian-language conversations has returned to high levels following a winter slumber. Robotrolling considers Twitter-mentions of NATO together with one or more of the host countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. In the period 1 February – 30 April

GLOBSEC Trends 2018 Central Europe: One region, different perspectives

By Dominika Hajdu, Katarína Klingová, Daniel Milo, for GLOBSEC Which Visegrad country favours a neutral position between West and East? Who are the biggest Eurosceptics in the region? Are the young the most pro-European? Which countries are the most satisfied with their EU and NATO membership? Are policies of world leaders recognised by Central Europeans or do they believe in conspiracy theories? What are the trends in public perceptions in

When the Russkiy Mir and the Spanish-speaking world meet: RT and Sputnik in Spanish

By Nicolás de Pedro and Daniel Iriarte, for Barcelona Centre for International Affairs Download As a critical element of a multidimensional political warfare scheme, disinformation represents a serious challenge for European democracies. Convinced that it faces an existential threat from the West, Russia aims to turn some key features of democracy, such as the free flow of information and the open and plural nature of European societies, into a strategic vulnerability. The

Anti-Western propaganda, 2017

By  the Media Development Foundation (MDF), Myth Detector This report is the analysis of the results of a-year-long monitoring conducted by the Media Development Foundation (MDF) throughout 2017. The monitoring aimed at studying the typology of anti-Western messages and fake news in the Georgian media. The subjects of monitoring were media outlets as well as other sources – politicians, clergy, civil organizations and representatives of society. The MDF conducted similar studies in 2016 and 2014-2015

Propaganda, Disinformation and Fake News: What We Can Learn From Studies on Citizens’ Awareness and Perceptions

By Dariya Orlova, PhD (Mohyla School of Journalism/StopFake Research Director) The proliferation of discourse about propaganda and fake news from predominantly professional debates to the popular information space, has generally increased awareness about the problem among Ukrainian citizens; yet, it has also brought some fatigue. ‘Propaganda’ and ‘fake news’ tend to be perceived as buzzwords, which are often bereft of meaning for people as they don’t largely resonate with their

Anatomy of an online misinformation network

By Chengcheng Shao, Pik-Mai Hui, Lei Wang, Xinwen Jiang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, for PLOS One Abstract Massive amounts of fake news and conspiratorial content have spread over social media before and after the 2016 US Presidential Elections despite intense fact-checking efforts. How do the spread of misinformation and fact-checking compete? What are the structural and dynamic characteristics of the core of the misinformation diffusion network, and who are its main purveyors? How to

Russian Social Media Influence: Understanding Russian Propaganda in Eastern Europe

By Todd C. Helmus, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Andrew Radin, Madeline Magnuson, Joshua Mendelsohn, William Marcellino, Andriy Bega, Zev Winkelman, for RAND A RAND Corporation study examined Russian-language content on social media and the broader propaganda threat posed to the region of former Soviet states that include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and, to a lesser extent, Moldova and Belarus. In addition to employing a state-funded multilingual television network, operating various Kremlin-supporting news websites, and working through several constellations of Russia-backed

Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia, March 2018

By European Platform for Democratic elections Executive summary 1513 foreign electoral observers monitored the Russian 2018 presidential election which constitutes the largest foreign electoral monitoring mission in Russia’s history. 598 of these observers were deployed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); 363 observers were sent by other international organisations; 65 monitors

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